The olive grove at Il Rifugio is thought to be first
planted around the late Renascence period. Over the centuries, many of the trees have died
back due to periods of heavy frost and lack of attention and then re sprouted. Just after we
purchased Il Rifugio in 2001, we started the long process of restoring over 30 years of
neglect. Using backhoes, chainsaws and hand tools, we recovered and restored as much as we
As part of the restoration project, we have about doubled the number of trees by filling in
where old trees have died and by clearing and planting new fields. The olive grove at Il
Rifugio now consists of 5 fields in close proximity with a total population of approximately
In 2011 we obtained organic status for the olive grove and the vineyards. Our estate grown
olive trees are hand pruned, hand-picked and processed in small batches at a state-of-the-art
olive mill near our farm. The result is one of the highest quality Organic Extra Virgin Olive
Oils that Tuscany has to offer.
Agriturismo Il Rifugio is a villa in
Tuscany, Italy for rent by the owners.